Harvir Kaur

Harvir Kaur

Individual Giving Manager | Participatory Budgeting Project

Harvir leads the growth of an individual donor base that can support PBP’s work to empower thousands of people and reinvent democracy. Previously, Harvir worked with Brandworkers as their Development Coordinator leading their fundraising efforts and helping key allies engage with local food-making workers to escalate the effort for a just food system. Before Brandworkers, Harvir worked with the Brooklyn Movement Center as their food sovereignty organizer where she partnered closely with local residents to challenge racial inequity in the food system. She has also worked on several other social justice projects, including an analysis of the barriers to low income people’s access to dental health care services, and interviews with detainees in the Baltimore City Detention Center to evaluate health care services inside the jail. In 2011-2012, Harvir worked as a Bill Emerson Fellow through the Congressional Hunger Center in Jackson, Mississippi, where she analyzed food insecurity issues faced by senior citizens, and in Washington, D.C., where she analyzed the racial wealth gap in the United States. Harvir got her undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University and completed her Masters of Public Administration from NYU’s Wagner School.

Why do you believe innovations in participatory democracy are important?

In this current political climate, we must re-think how to build a more inclusive democracy where everyone truly counts.

What do you hope to see at the 2018 Innovations in Participatory Democracy Conference?

I want to learn about how PB is growing across North America.